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Never done this before!!!

Postby Spuddy » Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:43 pm

I made some brie a couple of weeks ago and sprayed the outside with some P. Candidum culture as per the norm.
I checked it today and noticed an unexpected growth, anyone guess what it is?

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Postby BlueCheese » Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:19 pm

Looks like brain matter, did u apply electrical charge too, maybe its alive now ;)

have seen it before, dont recall though, has the size shrunk, mass shriveling from fluid evaporation.
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Postby Spuddy » Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:32 pm

No it's not a fluid thing, definitely a growth. I've uploaded a picture of the whole cheese so you can see an area (centre left) where no growth has occurred.
At first I thought it was a yeast but it's quite solid. I'm thinking possibly fungal as I'd normally recognise most bacter.
Where's a microscope when you need one? :?
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Postby Spuddy » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:28 pm

My wife says it looks like Chenille. :roll:

I think I may have created a new life form. :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Postby BlueCheese » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:47 pm

it looks like a skin that has formed on winemaking batches that caught some,,,,,viniger bacteria or something, thats were I found it. Does it have an off smell? maybe its ok, time will tell, see if it starts to drip.
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Postby saucisson » Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:03 pm

Your wife is right :)
My cardboard box cheese went like that when it was left in the loft sealed up in a plastic sandwich box for too long. It smelt like the worst end of a babys nappy. I cleaned it up and several weeks later it now smells much nicer, but it's going to be a strong one :) Jackie still thinks it smells of ****** ******* :shock: Modesty precludes me from posting the actual words.


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Postby saucisson » Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:08 pm

BC beat me to it, it looks bacterial to me, only question is whether they are nice bacteria or not. I did a touch taste on mine and wasn't hospitalised, so are you feeling so lucky :D

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Postby Spuddy » Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:18 pm

It smells OK (in fact it smells too good at this stage, normally I'd expect something stronger).
I've tasted a piece of it and I'm still here...so far!!! :shock:
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Postby BBQer » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:02 am

Just make sure you keep it locked in a secure vault! I've seen movies that started like this. :shock: :shock:
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